“It’s a crime that the Israeli military would pull a gentle soul like Ubai [Aboudi] out of his home in front of his family in the middle of the night,” Noam Chomsky said in a joint statement published by Scientists for Palestine. “They are clearly sending a signal to anyone who works with Palestinian civil society.” The group seeks the release of political economist Aboudi, arrested by Israel on November 13 and held in administrative detention.
Democratic politicians voted overwhelmingly to condemn BDS, but a new poll carried out by Data for Progress says 44% of Democratic voters support BDS, with just 15% opposing it. 53% agree that the movement is legitimate, and 48% of Dems are opposed to anti-BDS laws, with just 15% supporting them.
For all their talk of “complexity” and “ambiguity,” the contributors to “Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict” are in fact as politically and morally engaged as those putative classroom brainwashers and ideologues who serve as their whipping-boys. Instead of being more scrupulous and balanced in their pedagogy, these authors simply have a particular historical and ethical “take” on the subject. The Zionist-Palestinian conflict is not so very morally or politically ambiguous.
Israeli mistaken attack on Gaza November 14 killed Yusra Sawarka and her sons Moath and Waseem, and seriously injured daughters Reem, Nermin, Noor, and Salem, the father of the children, Mohammad Salama Sawarka, 40, has succumbed to injuries. In all 9 members of the extended family were killed in the attack.
Israel’s Attorney General’s decision to indict Prime Minister Netanyahu is seen by some as a decisive end to the Netanyahu era. Not so fast. The legal process could drag on for years, and many members of Netanyahu’s party are showing loyalty,
Trump’s acceptance of the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank actually hastens the end of Zionism’s discriminatory ideology. What had always been the reality will be on full display for the world to see: Israel is an apartheid state. And the call for simply equality will be Israel’s ultimate defeat.
Tom Friedman of the New York Times says he supported Iraq war in part to keep Israel from being surrounded by chaos in Arab world. He assures a pro-Israel audience, “Israel had me at hello. Whatever you think folks– don’t worry. In times of crisis, I know where I will be. When the Jewish state is under threat–” Though he worries if the next foreign affairs columnist will get a “buzz” for Israel.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is facing a primary challenge from New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, a centrist who was a registered Republican up until 2008. In an interview, Cabrera says he was inspired to run in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s “embrace of socialism” and her views towards Israel. “Even more than specific issues, like BDS, it’s the culture that she’s trying to shape that I think would be detrimental to the Jewish community,” said Cabrera.
Bernie Sanders’s support for Palestinian rights at the Democratic debate Wednesday could not have been expressed “anywhere in the Democratic Party, ever, under any circumstances in the 60s,” Rashid Khalidi says. While Dorothy Zellner says the ongoing divide in the Democratic Party over Palestine is an “ethical” division going back to the Nakba, and there is no point in having a united front that sells out Palestinian rights.